Santokus have become wildly popular over the past several years. Perhaps it’s the novelty of using an Asian-style blade. Or perhaps it’s the celebrity chefs that push them at every turn.
Truth is, they are versatile knives that belong in every kitchen. What they’re not is an all-purpose knife that should replace all of your other knives.
As far as Mundial goes, they make a good one. Mundial is a German knife-making company that moved to Brazil. They are the choice of many restaurant professionals.
Their 5100 series features full-tang blades that are fully forged and crafted from high-carbon chrome molybdenum stainless steel.
Their Santoku is 7 inches in length, typical for this kind of knife. Note that it’s a little smaller than a chef’s knife.
The full bolster you see on the knife is somewhat problematic. That will get in the way of resharpening over time. If you’re worried about that, check out some of the other Santokus we’ve reviewed recently.